Academic Track (session II)

in partnership with AIB, Graduate Institute-CFD, CEPR, NYU, UNU-WIDER, SIEL, CCSI
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Academic Track
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Hall 2 Room 7
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18 October 2023
09:30 - 12:30 Abu Dhabi

The WIF 2023 Academic Track is organized in partnership with leading academic institutions and associations in disciplines related to investment and development. The track includes a series of thematic events (elsewhere on the programme) integrating research and ideas from leading scholars, researchers, executives from global companies and senior policymakers. It will cover a broad spectrum of issues related to foreign investment, MNEs and development, including themes such as the energy transition, sustainable infrastructure, FDI and women empowerment, SME internationalization, and industry 4.0 and the future of global investment.


09:30 - 10:30 International Business: International Business Policy for Sustainable Growth 

Multinational enterprises (MNEs) face a growing sustainability imperative, where they are increasingly held accountable by capital markets, governments, and other stakeholders for the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts of their actions. 

  • How have global policy trends helped create this sustainability imperative? 
  • What are key barriers that reduce the effectiveness and scalability of these policies? 
  • Does deglobalization and regionalization endanger the further development of global sustainability policies?

In this session, leading academics and practitioners will provide their views on these questions.

10:30 - 11:30 International Business: International Business and Environmental Challenges

Assuring a sustainable future more than ever requires innovation on climate change mitigation, including energy efficiency as well as low-carbon and non-carbon technologies, carbon reduction technologies, carbon capture, and storage technologies. 

  • How can multinational enterprises (MNEs), international business, and foreign direct investment contribute to this innovation on climate change mitigation? 
  • What capabilities do countries and firms need to foster this type of innovation? 

In this session, leading academics and practitioners will provide their views on these questions.

11:30 - 12:30 International Economics and Development: Green Finance and Inclusion

Global efforts to rapidly mitigate climate change call for directing capital towards environmentally responsible projects. However, finding the right balance between decarbonization goals and ensuring energy security is a critical challenge for policymakers and businesses alike. 

  • What role do governments play in supporting green finance? 
  • Are the investment trends in non- renewable energy sources consistent with energy transition objectives? 
  • How does green finance affect the wellbeing of populations in emerging countries. 
  • What is its impact on critical upstream industries?  

In this session, leading academics and practitioners will provide their research insights and views on these questions.


Senior Research Scholar and Director of DHL Initiative on Globalization, New York University Stern School of Business
Senior Lecturer in Strategy and International Business, Surrey Business School
Associate Professor, University of Victoria and Copenhagen Business School
Assistant Professor of International Business, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Program Manager, Sustainable Finance Lab and Researcher, Colorado School of Mines
Senior Lecturer and Head of Institute of Sustainable Development, Middlesex University
Associate Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC-UN)
Assistant Teaching Professor of International Business & Strategy, Northeastern University
Research Fellow, Warwick University
Professor of Economics at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pavia
Director, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research and Professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
Managing Director, PRODOMINICANA
PhD Candidate, University of St. Gallen
John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Law School and Carlson School of Management
Assistant Professor, University of Goningen and Postdoctoral Researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam